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Table 1 Variable Descriptions and Characteristics

From: Health, subjective financial situation and well-being: a longitudinal observational study

  GHealth GHQ12  
Variable Description Mean Std dev. Mean Std. Dev.
Finnow Subjective Financial situation (1-finding it very difficult to 5- living comfortably) 3.882 0.992 3.884 0.990
General Health General Health scale (1 - very poor to 4 - Excellent) 2.879 0.812   
GHQ12 GHQ12 Likert scale (0 to 36)    11.104 5.445
Age Age in years 47.688 18.075 47.437 17.961
Age0 Aged between 16 and 29 years 0.186 0.389 0.187 0.390
Age1 Aged between 30 and 64 years 0.534 0.499 0.538 0.498
Age2 Aged 65 years and above 0.280 0.449 0.274 0.446
BHPS Data from the BHPS survey compared to the USS 0.513 0.500 0.531 0.499
Sex Gender (1 - male, 0 female) 0.445 0.497 0.445 0.497
Couple Married or a couple versus other marital status (1- yes, 0- no) 0.551 0.497 0.554 0.497
Higher Education Has a degree or equivalent (1- yes, 0- no) 0.185 0.388 0.183 0.387
Child 0–2 Number of children aged 0 to 2 years 0.080 0.294 0.081 0.294
Child 3–4 Number of children aged 3 to 4 years 0.068 0.264 0.069 0.265
Child 5–11 Number of children aged 5 to 11 years 0.250 0.590 0.252 0.592
Child 12–15 Number of children aged 12 to 15 years 0.159 0.434 0.160 0.435
Real Family Income Real gross monthly household income (£) 1677.714 1612.132 1676.393 1608.585
Self employed Self employed (1- yes, 0- no) 0.073 0.261 0.073 0.260
Employed Employed full time (1- yes, 0- no) 0.500 0.500 0.506 0.500
Unemployed Unemployed (1- yes, 0- no) 0.038 0.191 0.037 0.190
Retired Retired (1- yes, 0- no) 0.229 0.420 0.225 0.418
Maternity leave On maternity leave (1- yes, 0- no) 0.005 0.069 0.004 0.069
Family care Caring for the family (1- yes, 0- no) 0.065 0.246 0.065 0.246
Full-time study In full-time study (1- yes, 0- no) 0.045 0.208 0.045 0.207
Long-term sick On long-term sick leave (1- yes, 0- no) 0.037 0.189 0.036 0.187
England Respondent is from England (1- yes, 0- no) 0.694 0.460 0.704 0.456
Scotland Respondent is from Scotland (1- yes, 0- no) 0.122 0.328 0.125 0.330
Wales Respondent is from Wales (1- yes, 0- no) 0.102 0.303 0.104 0.305
n   329,282 338,628